La Biblioteca’s House and Garden Tour
The famous La Biblioteca House & Garden Tour of homes in San Miguel de Allende has been featured in leading international media and funds educational projects for local children. It is conducted by volunteers of La Biblioteca and the homes are generously donated for the use of the library as a civic contribution. No visit to San Miguel de Allende is complete without a Sunday tour to see inside San Miguel’s best homes. Tour departs noon, every Sunday, Insurgentes 25. This week we visit the following houses:
Casa de Las Ranas
The New York Times described the home of Visionary Artist Anado McLauchlin and Art Historian Richard Schultz, “It’s nothing so static as pigment on a surface — it’s a force. “ The LA Times concluded, “It’s the Happiest House in San Miguel”. Welcome to a visual wonderland, a kaleidoscope of whimsy, delight, and colorful chaos. The exterior of the home is awash with playful mosaics, found objects, murals and more. Enter the house and you are immersed in a dancing fanciful dream of color, design and Outsider Art. More mosaics, fanciful collections of the unordinary greet your eye. Painted mosaic doors lead to rooms taking the viewer to a new level of wonder and fancy. Quite possibly the largest boveda ceiling in San Miguel crowns the Master bedroom. This house is not only a home but also an art installation that has been covered in the world press from Mexico to Bahrain. Come immerse yourself in a Visionary Wonderland of Joy.
Chapel of Jimmy Ray
The Gallery at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray is a tremendously fanciful folly created by Anado McLauchlin. Jimmy Ray is a mythical character that Anado has been flirting with in his art for over 30 years. The Gallery area includes three buildings: Casa Kali, the recently completed office, a composting toilet which is actually a thrilling circular “throne” and the Chapel (Gallery) itself. In building the Gallery compound, Anado revels in the opportunity to be able to create a living ever expanding homage to the Outlander Tradition of Visionary Art. Already thousands of bottles have been used in constructing the three building that make up this magical compound…thousands more bottles have been stockpiled for future walls and sculptural whimsy. Anado combines these recycled materials with intricate mosaic work using local Talavera tiles along with multitudes of sea shells, mirrors and found objects.
House of The Flowers
The owners of this house arrived in San Miguel 13 years ago. They were smitten with the town and bought a rustic, dilapidated 14-bedroom “hotel” with concrete beds. None of the bedrooms had windows! The room rates were 70 pesos per night! With great vision the house was redesigned and now is a light-filled, fascinating home. The flower-filled garden makes you think you are in Giverny! The living room/dining room area is covered by what may be the longest boveda ceiling in San Miguel. All the furniture and tinwork were made in San Miguel by local artisans. Rooms are filled with an eclectic collection of Mexican folk art, as well as collectibles from around the world. The all-glass, jaw-dropping master bedroom on the third floor has views encompassing most of San Miguel’s downtown church domes.
Terry Kutt Reinhart and Jack Reinhart.
Janet & Paul Polding.